Quotes by Wendell Berry

"The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

"People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other."

"Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire."

"Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told."

"There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say "It is yet more difficult than you thought." This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."

Books by Wendell Berry

  • Jayber Crow
  • 12,447 ratings
  • August 30th 2001 by Counterpoint LLC

    (first published September 5th 2000)

  • Hannah Coulter
  • 11,091 ratings
  • September 30th 2005 by Counterpoint LLC

    (first published 2004)

  • Nathan Coulter
  • 2,565 ratings
  • April 1st 1985 by North Point Press

    (first published 1960)

  • A Place on Earth
  • 2,268 ratings
  • May 17th 2001 by Counterpoint LLC

    (first published November 30th 1966)

  • What Are People For?
  • 2,222 ratings
  • November 21st 2005 by North Point Press

    (first published April 1st 1990)

Wendell Berry
  • Wendell Berry

  • Date of birth: August 05, 1934
  • Born: in Kentucky, The United States.

  • Description: Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the "prophet of rural America."